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What is Compounding? What is a Compounding Pharmacy?

According to PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America):

Compounding is the Art and Science of Creating Personalized Medications. Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made based on a practitioner’s prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.

At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950’s and 1960’s, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms, and most pharmacists no longer were trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of many mass-produced medications meant that some patients’ needs were not being met.

Fortunately, compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patient needs.

Bay Life Pharmacy in Clearwater, Florida, is a compounding pharmacy that offers free Home Delivery by HIPAA trained delivery specialists. In addition, Bay Life Pharmacy is a one stop medical supply store for home medical equipment and medical devices.

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